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Still reeling from Dorian, Bahamas hit by tropical storm

Sep. 15, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — Tropical Storm Humberto moved away from the Bahamas on Saturday after dumping rain on parts of the archipelago's northwest region that were already hammered by Hurricane Dorian two weeks ago. Humberto dropped rain on the islands as U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres...

Rights group concerned over missing Lao activist in Thailand

Sep. 6, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A Paris-based human rights group called Friday for Thai authorities to investigate the disappearance in Bangkok of a Laotian pro-democracy activist who was seeking political asylum. The International Federation for Human Rights said Od Sayavong did not attend a meeting with friends on Aug....

Malaysia's Mahathir begins state visit to Cambodia

Sep. 2, 2019 5:10 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister arrived in Cambodia on Monday to strengthen ties and witness the signing of several agreements. Mahathir Mohamad will meet with Cambodian leader Hun Sen on Tuesday to discuss cooperation and exchange views on regional and international affairs, the...

Brazil says it is successfully controlling fires in Amazon

Aug. 30, 2019 9:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brazil's foreign minister said his country is successfully extinguishing the fires in the Amazon region that have generated international concern after discussing the situation with President Donald Trump on Friday at the White House. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said earlier in the...

The Latest: Macron says Iran move could still calm tensions

Aug. 27, 2019 7:27 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on French President Emmanuel Macron's speech (all times local): 1:25 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron is acknowledging that his efforts to bring Iran and the U.S. together are "fragile" but says he still sees a "possible path" to rapprochement after decades of conflict. After...

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says Russia denied him a visa

Aug. 26, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A U.S. senator from Wisconsin who has publicly criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia has denied him a visa to visit as part of a congressional delegation. Ron Johnson said he had planned to speak with government officials, American businesses and others...

S. Korea cancels Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute

Aug. 22, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it will terminate an intelligence-sharing deal with Japan that focused on classified information about North Korea, a surprise announcement that is likely to set back U.S. efforts to bolster security cooperation with two of its most important allies in...

Pompeo urges fresh thinking on Mideast, warns Iran

Aug. 20, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that greater cooperation and "fresh thinking to solve old problems" are needed in the Middle East — but he also condemned Iran and its proxies for continuing "to foment terror and unrest" in the...

Greece, Cyprus, Israel, US discuss energy cooperation

Aug. 7, 2019 11:16 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Energy ministers from Greece, Cyprus, Israel and the United States say they have been deepening their cooperation in the energy sector, noting that while energy issues can create regional tension, they can also foster cooperation. Cyprus Energy Minister Georgios Lakkotrypis, speaking...

Australia launches $55M anti-trafficking effort for ASEAN

Aug. 1, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Australia on Thursday launched a new 80 million Australian dollars ($55 million) program to help Southeast Asian nations combat human trafficking. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the 10-year program was an extension of Canberra's assistance to the region to tackle the menace in...